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Barak [Bairuk, Beruk, Beerack, Berak], William (1823?–1903), Australian Aboriginal leader, was born near the Yarra and Plenty rivers in south-east Australia, probably in 1823, the son of Jerrum Jerrum (Bebejern; fl. 1820–1830), and given the name Barak. He was brought up in the traditional fashion in the Wurundjeri clan, subgroup of the Woi-wurrung, and witnessed the meeting of his clan leaders with ...

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Brooke, Sir James (1803–1868), army officer and first raja of Sarawak, was born at Secrore, a suburb of Benares, India, on 29 April 1803, the second son of Thomas Brooke (1760–1835), chief judge of the East India Company's court at Moorshabad, and his Scottish second wife, ...

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Hongi Hika (1772–1828), Maori tribal leader and war chief, was, by his own account, born in the year of the death of the French explorer Marion du Fresne, 1772, near Kaikohe in central Northland in the North Island of New Zealand. He was the second of several children of ...

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Hongi Hika (1772–1828) by unknown artist, c. 1820 [centre, with Waikato (left) and the missionary Thomas Kendall (right)] Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa (G-618)

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Ngata, Sir Apirana Turupa Nohopari (1874–1950), Maori leader and politician in New Zealand, was born on 3 July 1874 at Te Araroa on the east coast of North Island, New Zealand, the first child of Paratene Ngata (1849–1924) and his wife, Katerina Naki...

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Omar Ali Saifuddin III (1914–1986), sultan of Brunei, was born on 23 September 1914 at Istana Kota (Kota Palace), Kampong Sultan Lama, Brunei Town, the seventh of ten children of Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam II (d. 1924) and Fatimah binti Pengiran Tua Omar Ali...

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Ross, George Clunies (1842–1910), unofficial ruler and eventual owner of the Cocos Islands, was born on 20 June 1842 on New Selma (now Home Island), one of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the southern Indian Ocean, the eldest of the six sons and three daughters of ...

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Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu Tupou III (1900–1965), queen of Tonga, was born on 13 March 1900 in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, the first daughter and eldest legitimate child of King Taufa'ahau Tupou II (1874–1918), king of Tonga, and his wife, Lavinia Veiongo (1879–1902). Salote's father was the great-grandson and successor of the founder of the modern kingdom of ...

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Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu Tupou III (1900–1965) by Thurston Hopkins, 1953 Getty Images